Peres: No Reneging on Oslo
President says we are closer than ever to peace, is “moved” by Syrian protesters’ courage.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/26/2011, 12:32 PM
Peres: everything is rosy
President Shimon Peres said Tuesday that there is no basis for speculation that Israel might renege on the Oslo accords if the Palestinian Authority declares statehood unilaterally in September.
A leftist news outlet reported earlier this week that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror is looking into the possibility that Israel would declare the Oslo Accords null and void.
“We are closer than ever to reaching a peace treaty with the Palestinians,” Peres insisted. “The threatening month of September can be turned into a ‘September of hope.’ In the short time that remains we can try to reach understandings. The Israeli nation desires peace and there is no one who doesn’t think a peace treaty can be reached.”
Peres spoke at a news conference for the Arab press, in honor of the Muslim month of Ramadan.
Regarding Syria, Peres said: “President Assad needs to go home, he has killed 2,000 innocent people.” He added that “it is not easy to demonstrate when you are being shot at. I am moved by the fact that they continue the struggle.”